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Hello everyone,

con·tent1
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adjective
  1. in a state of peaceful happiness.
    “She seemed more content, less bitter”

Today I thought that I would chat about happiness. At this moment if someone were to ask me if there is something I want or need, I would say no. In complete honesty, I am very happy. But as human beings our minds are constantly trying to find problems. And the people around us do it too.

So even though I am very happy in my life, my dearest friends, family and peers have asked me questions similar to these; Have you thought of a career change?  How are you still single? Should you move house? Should you be making more money? Should you be doing more? The list goes on…

 

Everyone is looking for the next step. Everyone has this habit of creating a void when there isn’t one. Everyone needs to STOP. Let’s start being advocates of contentment. Embrace the present and be in the moment. If you are happy, learn to enjoy it. And if you are unhappy, have the courage to change it.

 

Outfit:

Dress by Leith

Shoes from the Fergalicious Collection

Watch by Michael Kors

 

Until next time,

xoxoxxoxo Jess

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Don’t Let It Get Me

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Hello everyone,

When is the last time you  remember putting on a cute outfit for yourself? Going to the movies because you wanted to? Ate that indulgent piece of chocolate because you don’t give a f*ck how much calories is in it? If you can’t remember the last time you did something purely for YOU. Then you need to STOP doing things for other people. Start by writing a list. Either big or small. And do them! Once you shift, you will begin to see more  happiness in your life.

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. You have no responsibility to be like what they expect you to be. It is their mistake, not your failure ( The Happiness Equation – Neil Pasricha)

There are always going to be things you want to do – and you should not let yourself get in the way of doing them. Have the courage to shape your life in the way you want to form it! On my top watch list this month is LA based youtuber, Pbbunny97, she creates vlogs every week in detail about spirituality and affirmations in a fun-glamorous way. And my book recommendation is The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, the book is very logical and an eye-opener.

Outfit:

Denim shirt with embroidery detailing from Guess?

Skirt from Winners

Necklace from India

Bracelet (Gifted)

Watch by Michael Kors

Handbag from Guess?

Boots from Clarks Shoes.

 

Until next time,

xoxoxox Jess

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Another thing

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Hello everyone,

I have never been a country music fan. It just so happens that I spending most of my time listening to pop hits, slow r&b songs and alternative rock, so there has never been an interest for country music- until now. My opinion has been changing, as country music has been changing too.

Country music fans, to me, seem to categorically place the genre into this tiny box. The music is either  clearly COUNTRY  or because it may have developed more of a pop/rock tone to the song, some fans dismiss it. But now  big country music stars are creating a new mould of country music with a modern flare, I have been hooked.

And I have a somewhat the country girl complex. I would say that I am very down-to-earth, I love to be outdoors, and I own 5 pairs of boots. Those are characteristics of a country girl. This event was centred around country music so I took inspiration from what I would define as a classic country girl. You can`t go wrong with a white lace dress! This dress is by BCBG MaxAzria one of my favourite ready to wear designers who unfortunately are calling bankruptcy. But this dress fit the bill for the evening. paired with these platform heels from Winners and a vintage bag taken from my mother`s closet.

until next time,

xoxox Jess 

 

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So Chic

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Hello Everyone,

What an incredible week! From discovering new eateries (the Pie Comission), to going to concerts (Catfish and The Bottlemen), attending house parties and catching up with friends, this was an eventful week. We are in the month of May but it seems like Toronto missed the memo. It has not been the best weather with cold and rainy temperatures. And sometimes it creates a mood of laziness that is physically draining.

But with friends coming back from vacation and finishing school, I have been out of the house for most of the week. Saturday was reserved for a long awaited date night catching up with a friend over sushi (yum!). I love this flowy red-lace top from Dynamite that I paired with simple black leggings from Garage, and my black booties by Clarks.

On our date night, we got talking about our summer memories and how much we’re READY for beach days again. And you know for most girls who like shopping for shoes or beauty, I LOVE shopping for swimwear (I own like 7 swimsuits). And especially now when there are so many styles to choose from!

Adore Me is a great place to begin as they have extensive collections that have an array of sizes for every body type. I personally love the Dallys two piece swimsuit- its so flattering and sexy! Another favourite is this fiery red bikini!

 

 

If you are a swimwear addict like me- check out Adore Me! You can get $10 off by using the code SWIMSET10 on any Swimwear (VIP/PAYG orders).

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Only

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Hello everyone,

Spring weather is finally here but to be honest I am ready to sprint into summer. I want to wear dresses and ditch my winter jacket asap.

This month is a full schedule between birthdays, holidays, and work. So today is a quick outfit post.

Outfit:

Coat from Value Village

Jeans from Old Navy

Shirt from The Bay

Cardigan from Guess?

Boots from from Winners

 

until next time,

oxox Jess

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Memorable

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Hello everyone,

Do you remember what you wanted to be as a kid?

When I was younger I had several ideas of what I wanted to become. The ideas started from wanting to become an author, to fashion designer, chef, to entrepreneur. My reality today is that I work as a social media strategist and radio tracker.

I read something the other day that made me think of my childhood aspirations.

“How do you want to be remembered ?”

This is a powerful statement, and  I use it to develop strategies in my work as well as my personal life. Defining how you want to be remembered is the first step to moving forward, obtain goals and happiness. It can be applied to many situations; How do you want to be remembered when you die? How do you want your peers to remember you? Your friends? Yourself ?

After some thought I came to this conclusion, I want to be remember for my honesty, my independence, my strength, my work and my loyal relationships with others. Step two would be to reflect on this. For all the things I want to be remembered for, they should reflect what I am currently doing. Are you doing things in your life that reflect how you want to be remembered?

This is definitely a process but reflection helps us get back on track!

Outfit:

Dress (that was too short, so I wore it as a top) from Urban Planet

Jeans from H&M

Boots from Clarks Shoes

 

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Independent Woman

 

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Hello everyone,

Is there such a thing as being too independent?

This is not anything new to me. Friends and acquaintances have told me numerous times that I am a very independent person. But now I’m questioning if being independent is a good or bad thing. Can you become too independent?

We can assume that being overly dependent or co-dependent  can be unhealthy. But I think that there is also flaws in becoming too independent.

And yes- I do pride myself in being an independent woman. I pay rent, buy groceries, go shopping and volunteer by myself. But being independent doesn’t just mean paying your own way. It is about taking care of yourself and because of that, when everything you do is for yourself the flaw is that it can be a lot of pressure. If you are always “taking care of business” you miss out on experiences with other people and you can become rigid.

For example, when you let others help you with something that you’re having trouble with, you are  demonstrating that you trust in them. Letting your guard down to let someone else help control a situation can make the other person feel good. Many people enjoy doing kind gestures for others. Maybe sparing your pride and being flexible for a moment can be beneficial. When you do everything on your own you build a routine and sometimes forget to step out of that routine to cultivate new experiences with others.

So what do you think? Is being too independent a thing? Should we try to learn a balance of the two?

Outfit:

Skirt from Winners

Crop top from Urban Planet

Jacket from Laura

 

Until next time,

xox Jess